If you've been holding your breath whilst waiting for the White House to respond to the We The People petition asking that Tesla be allowed to sell direct to consumers in all 50 states, you can finally exhale and simultaneously sigh – it has, at last, issued a statement about its intention to not get directly involved in the issue.

Penned by the President's energy and climate change adviser Dan Utech, the official response makes it clear that the administration is in favor of leaving the regulation of vehicle sales in the same capable state-level hands it has traditionally been in. This means Tesla, and any other automaker that wishes to avoid selling vehicles through third-party dealerships, will have to continue to fight for that privilege on a state-by-state basis.

The California electric vehicle company has recently had some success in its battle to continue selling through its own "dealerships." The Pennsylvania five-store compromise has just been signed into law and it recently reached a similar agreement with New York, while New Jersey legislation is also moving along.

For those disappointed by the refusal of the White House to act specifically on this matter, Utech points out that the government is making progress in areas related to decreasing CO2 and increasing fuel mileage. He points out that "new vehicle fuel economy has increased by 12 percent since 2008" and a number of other steps and initiatives. While nice, it's still cold comfort to those who would just like to see an end to the virtual monopoly independent auto dealers have on vehicle sales.


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      Grendal
      • 2 Days Ago
      No surprise there. This was mostly a way to get media attention on the problem.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Days Ago
      I'm still waiting for the Obamas to respond to the very popular petition for them to reenact the scene from the Incredibles where Frozone is looking for his supersuit.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Days Ago
      The 'we the people' site is a great place to get ignored / brushed off by the federal government. It's basically the same thing that they do otherwise, just more interactive.
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Days Ago
      I get so effing disappointed by these people who really should know better in Obama's world. (Then I think about how much worse it would be with literally ANY GOP nutjob.) The Justice department deserves to be nuked over how they've mishandled the banking scandal alone. But this is pure BS capitulation by ignorant, lazy POS. To claim there is nothing the feds can do is absolutely wrong, there is demonstrable evidence that there is interstate commerce that is being prevented by these indefensible 'laws' in states. When the evidence shows that the general public want one thing while the politicians are bought out by the dealership groups to enact the opposite view its clear that something is going VERY wrong. The only possible solution is to GO OVER THEIR HEADS. And that is exactly what the FTC and interstate commerce clause are all about, breaking up the corrupt 'laws' local politicians put in place. This is more evidence of why I feel free to break a few of this country's laws. Many are based on nothing moral or decent civically speaking. There is no reason to let these states make up all sorts of indefensible rules that no one in the public wants. It is corruption pure and simple. But everyone knows that deep down already, I'm about the only one with enough guts to say it blatantly. I go to Automotive News, the dealership newspaper, all the time now to put down anti-Tesla BS. No one yet has any defense for dealerships. Well, the fight against anti-Tesla trolls of every stripe is not over!
      PeterScott
      • 2 Days Ago
      More interesting news. Tesla is going to offer a 400 mile ! range pack to roadster owners: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-3-to-challenge-bmw-3-series-world-exclusive “The Roadster had an old generation battery,” he told us. “We’ll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.” I am thinking the resale value of Roadsters just went up.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Days Ago
      "new vehicle fuel economy has increased by 12 percent since 2008 This is good but there is a lot of peoples that buy bigger vehicle because ads say that the mpg are increased, look at the f-150 marketing hype since it is build with aluminium. Seriously goverment should offer a subsidie to the ones that buy a small car like mine and in 2023 when i gonna change my car i will choose a small used car and receive on top of that a tousand in tax reduction.
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Days Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Let me paraphrase: "Me, uh, me want money, um. I seen ads, um, and so I smart. Tiny car good, uh, and me, uh, want money. A tousand."
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Days Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        The government should subsidize whatever it is I feel like doing in 2023 too.
      HVH20
      • 2 Days Ago
      Too much campaign contributions from dealership associates. Its well known that dealerships make a killing on selling cars and screwing consumers over as forced middlemen. Those dealerships that claim they dont are liars at best. If they really provide the added "value" to the customer then why are they so worried about losing their monopoly?
      SteveG
      • 2 Days Ago
      Those petitions are the most pointless thing I have ever heard of. Voters wasting their time creating them and voting on them, politicians wasting their time responding to them. They never bring about any change or even consideration. It would be much cheaper to write up several standard responses to popular news of the day.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Days Ago
        @SteveG
        It's not unlike regular voting; it's pretty much a sham. Which of 2 corporate/industry group-backed sociopaths would you like to rule you? see.. you have a choice... democracy, woot woot!
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Days Ago
      Here in the land of fake capitalism we must allow the states some ability to favor those that make the largest campaign donations. Limiting opportunity has a great benefit to our civilization as it perpetuates and sustains the advantage of the clubs and cults that have traditionally controlled the people who would be free. Freedom can only lead to bad things as the general populous is obviously too stupid to make any decision for itself. Thus, this is about safety and happiness and you can be assured that our leaders only have our best interests in mind.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Days Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Good job, citizen! we can't let freedom proliferate. Thanks for making sure the terrorists don't hate us any more than they currently do. -department of homeland safetyness
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Days Ago
      The Big Government said that NAFTA, TTIP, WTO, bailout of Wall St, Iraq-Afghan-Pakistan wars, and etc. are good for free trade, economy, and the American people. But when the issue is freedom to sell a car directly to consumer, the Big Government sits on the sideline. The America government is a fraud.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Days Ago
      > Pedantic Politicians Predictably Punted Pointless Pandering Poll < would have been a better headline. :-P
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